Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

November 4, 2008 -

While the presidential election has, understandably, received the lion's share of voter attention this year, there are a number of other races around the country which carry implications for gamers.

U.S. Senate:

Roger Wicker (R-MS) is running for re-election. In July Wicker introduced the Video Games Rating Enforcement Act. The measure would "...prohibit the distribution or sale of video games that do not have age-based content rating labels [and]  prohibit the sale or rental of video games with adult content ratings to minors..." Wicker is in a tight race with former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove (D).

Ted Stevens (R-AK) is running for re-election. It's a toss-up as to whether the tech-challenged Stevens is more famous for his recent conviction on federal corruption charges or for his memorable description of the Internet as a "series of tubes." Most observers expect Democrat Mark Begich to win in a close race.

Mark Warner - the former Virginia governor is running for the U.S. Senate. Warner gets a mention here thanks to his groundbreaking 2006 appearance in Second Life. He was the first major candidate to appear in an online game. At the time, Warner was exploring a presidential bid.

U.S. House of Representatives:

Lee Terry (R-NE) is running for re-election. Terry is co-author of the House version of the Video Games Rating Enforcement Act and was lampooned by Daily Show host Jon Stewart following a 2006 congressional hearing on video game content. He is in a close race with Democratic challenger Jim Esch.

Jim Matheson (D-UT) is running for re-election. Matheson (with Lee Terry) is co-author of the House version of the Video Games Rating Enforcement Act. He proposed a similar bill in 2006, also an election year. Matheson's seat appears to be safe.

Fred Upton (R-MI) is running for re-election. Known for almost never missing a vote, Upton is generally well-regarded. In 2005 he proposed a resolution directing the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the Hot Coffee scandal involving Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In 2006 he proposed  Video Game Decency Act. Disbarred anti-game attorney Jack Thompson often writes to Upton, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Upton writes back. Upton's seat appears safe.

Betty McCollum (D-MN) is running for re-election. In the past McCollum has stood with Dr. David Walsh of the National Institute on Media and the Family as Walsh presented his group's Annual Video Game Report Card. In 2007 McCollum criticized the video game industry, urging it to take Walsh's recommendations to heart. At the time, McCollum said, "The gaming industry has clearly failed to learn its lesson here: The pattern of inappropriate content hidden in Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt is a violation of parents’ and families’ trust." McCollum's seat does not appear to be in jeopardy.

Cliff Stearns (R-FL) is running for re-election. In 2006 Stearns, then running for re-election, chaired a subcommittee hearing which delivered a nasty beat-down to the ESA and ESRB. That same year he co-sponsored the Truth in Video Games Rating Act in Congress. Stearns has not made much news on the game front since that time.

Joe Baca (D-CA) is running for re-election. Baca has proposed video game legislation and been a game industry critic in the past but his efforts have not gained much traction. His seat appears safe.

Ron Paul (R-TX) is running for re-election. Although his presidential campaign fizzled, Paul enjoyed tremendous Internet support, including the first-ever political campaign rally in World of Warcraft. GP was on hand in January as Paul supporters marched from Ironforge to Stormwind. The Paul campaign also created an ad using snappy, gamelike visuals.

Peter Myers: The Green Party candidate is running for Congress in California's 15th District. He has criticized the use of the America's Army game series as a military recruitment tool. His chance of victory is slim.

UPDATED: Added in Mark Warner and Ron Paul...


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Re: Election Day: Update #2

NBC just declared Wicker the winner.

Terry's ahead 52-48 with 21% reporting.

Matheson's ahead 72-26 with less than 1% reporting.

Upton's lead hasn't changed, still 60-37 with 28% reporting.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Solidarity for the Saints = No retreat, no surrender. 2013 = Saints' revenge on the NFL. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

Mark Warner won his Senate seat.

Currently Wicker's ahead 55-45 with 21% of precinects reporting.

Terry's ahead 56-44 with 17% reporting.

Upton's ahead 60-37 with 19% reporting.

McCollum's already been declared to have retained her seat, leading 79-21.

Sternes has won re-election with 80% reporting and a 59-41 lead.

Ron Paul already retained his seat, running unopposed.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Solidarity for the Saints = No retreat, no surrender. 2013 = Saints' revenge on the NFL. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

Whew, thanks for the heads up, GP. I personally can't stand either Wicker or Musgrove (you guys should have seen the Ad Campaign down here, it was ridiculous) so I wasn't gonna vote for either of them. But, all else being equal (at 0 points for either of them), Musgrove got my vote due to Wicker's "Video Games Rating Enforcement Act."

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

Sadly, here in Michigan, many of the idiots (like US Senator Carl Levin) who have been in office for years and years while the state has gone down the toilet will still get re-elected. Been there for 30 years almost and most of that time the state has been in decline, time to change it up maybe? Nah....

 

 

EDIT: Oh yeah, good ol'Betty "We don't worry about that Constitution thingamajig" McCollum... When these people are sworn in, doesn't part of the oath of office include upholding the Constitution, even on the state levels?

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

Games are a non-issue this election.  The state of the economy and presidential race are everything. I think most candidates for lower offices are pinning their hopes on either local popularity or riding the tide of whomever takes the executive office this year.

But in two years ... when there's a need to appeal to family values type voters again, games will be a scape-goat issue once more.  I particularly think this will be the case if there is a Democrat super-majority in the Federal government.

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Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

Well, duh. With all of the bills that go into the Congress that are about video games, everyone has to take a position. But, every single time they are defeated, these ding-dongs who write the bills just write another. I think they want to wear people down, so they can finally get their way.

 

That really sucks.

And notice that the people against violent video games aren't normally gamers. I say normally, because my dad was all gung-ho about following the ESRB rating to the letter. And he plays video games.

Yeah...

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

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Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

Why are we reporting on JUST the JT-wannabes? What about the Congresspeople who are NOT JT-wannabes?

Just asking. I am NOT criticizing Dennis for failing to include them, if there are any, just saying that it would be wise to do that.

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Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

I think he is reporting on those who have known histories with game regulation and/or criticism. Very few congressman or senators have known histories.

It would be nice to have a comprehensive report on all candidates and their position on game and technology related issues, but as my experience above shows, That's not going to happen this year.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
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Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

"...that's not going to happen this year."

Damn it all.

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Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

I don't think Ted Stevens can do much while behind bars.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

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Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

Well, he'll just be given a pardon by Bush before he leaves office. I guarantee you.

 

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

One has to wonder what is up with all the repubs who preach & push deregulation, to the extreme detriment of general society, yet constantly try to do the opposite to the gaming industry - WTF? Things that make you go "hmmmmm..."

It is nice to see that there aren’t any libertarians on that list. 

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Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

It's also funny to see all the Democrats who claim to be trying to give everyone equal rights and equal chances dictating who can do what, when, where, and how.

And I agreed that it's nice to see a lack of libertarians on that list.

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

True enough. It was ideological implication I was calling into question.

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Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

'Anti-game attorney Jack Thompson'??

 

DISGRACED, EX-Attorney you mean

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

How did I forgot to add disbarred???

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

Because his disbarment still sometimes sounds too good to be true..

Like a shining moment where society, nay, humanity pauses it's usual lowly activities for a brief moment in order to rise up and do something simply.. Magnificient!

*sniff* It's so.. Beautiful. ;D

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

You paint some of the names Red and some Blue, but the decision to color doesn't seem to corelate to Democrat of Republican since fred is colored blue. What do the colors mean? I'm canadian, maybe there's more to it.

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

Fred in bue was an oops and has been corrected. My bad.

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

He may have put Fred as blue on accident.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/okceca
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1325674091

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications


I am glad that only a few people running have known ties to anti game dealings. As the OKC chapter president of the ECA, I sent letters to all Congressional and Senate candidates asking their opinions on various game and technology related issues and none responded. I wasn't expecting much a response due to our current national climate, but it would have been nice to see something along those lines.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/okceca
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1325674091

Re: Election Day: Congressional Races Have Game Implications

It's easier for them not to respond than to admit that your questions go waaaay over thier head.

 
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